European Regulatory Science on Tobacco – Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (EUREST-RISE)


Smoking and other forms of tobacco consumption are considered the single most important cause of preventable morbidity and premature mortality worldwide. Tobacco product design and additives provide a primary industry tool for innovations that may undermine public health programs and support tobacco use and dependence. The past years have seen the development and adoption of many new cigarette technologies and design features, including new tobacco blends, filters, ventilation and additives, including flavours. Within this evolutionary process, novel tobacco products have emerged -including e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products- that further perpetuate the complexity of understanding and subsequently effectively regulating products.


Within EUREST-RISE, an integrated series of research studies are proposed to facilitate the training of researchers to examine tobacco product systems, their mechanisms and purpose, and interactions between key design characteristics and their assessment in populations of users.


The project will achieve its goal through 5 specific Work Packages:

  1. Coordination and development of the collaborative network.
  2. Using data in Tobacco Control: product and population level analyses.
  3. Training and transfer of knowledge on chemical and sensory research of tobacco products, heated tobacco and e-cigarettes.
  4. Training on Advocacy, Policy Integration and Communication for tobacco control.
  5. Dissemination and communication.
  6. Ethics requirements.


June 2021 -May 2025


Grant 101008139, MSCA-RISE-2020 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (1 150 000.00€).

Coordination of EUREST-RISE

Constantine Vardavas, European Network for Smoking Prevention (ENSP), Belgium.

Project Partners

European Network for Smoking Prevention (ENSP), Belgium

University of Crete, Greece

Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, the UK

Catalan Institute of Oncology, Spain

European Lung Foundation, the UK

Association AER PUR Romania, Romania

Cara Technology Limited, the UK

University of West Attica, Greece

EC Joint Research Center, Belgium

UCT Research Team

Esteve Fernández

Cristina Martínez

Marcela Fu

Olena Tigova